The Pebble and the Avalanche

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Current Revolutions in Business and Technology

by Dr. Moshe Yudkowsky,

author of The Pebble and The Avalanche: How Taking Things Apart Creates Revolutions


Fri, 2006-Jul-07, 07:37

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Cut Some Slack for eBay in the Google Checkout Fracas

EBay won't allow its customers to use Google Checkout, the recently-announced rival to PayPal. While some are calling for eBay's head on a pike for monopolistic behavior — and I admit that was my first reaction, too — after reading the arguments for and against eBay's action I believe that eBay should get the benefit of the doubt.

While eBay does have a vested interest in protecting its PayPal online payments system from Google's new offering, it's not unreasonable for eBay to take a slow approach to Google Checkout. Google Checkout is out of "beta" testing, but until it's been in use for a while, eBay has every right to be wary of how well Google Checkout will work in practice.

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